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SLUH’s tennis program has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park, which has served as the team’s home court for more than 25 years. On Holy Thursday, members of the tennis team volunteered their time to spruce up the facility for its opening day.
“One of the guiding principles of SLUH is ‘men serving others,’” says coach Mark Hoppenjans. “That being said, when you have thirty one motivated kids with busy schedules, service is not always easy to get done.”
Nonetheless, all thirty one Jr. Bills carved time out of their schedules to serve at Dwight Davis, which includes 19 courts and a stadium, for a few hours.
“In the eight-plus years I have been operating the facility for our board, we have never had such a great volunteer effort to improve the opening day facilities,” says Dan Apted, who oversees the operation at Dwight Davis. “The team broke into groups and took on projects that would have taken our maintenance worker at least two weeks to accomplish.”
The Jr. Bills, along with some parents and Coach Hoppenjans, weeded 6,000 square feet of mulch beds; painted all of the patio tables; raked the entire perimeter of the nearly three-acre site; tied and tightened 19 nets; mounted 19 score towers; moved and reset all of the patio furniture; sanded and prepped the clubhouse doors for painting; and generally cleaned up the entire facility to help Apted and his crew prepare for a last-minute Divivion 1 women's event.
“The boys were extremely helpful and had great attitude working as a team to make a huge difference on this historic tennis facility,” says Apted. “We are honored to have Jr. Bills playing at Dwight Davis and look forward to it for years to come.”